Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
Smell and chocolate taste are problematic with this otherwise solid stout. Pours from a bottle as a dark, opaque brown with a grey head. The smell of chocolate predominates, but this is far from Valrhona--this is a cloyingly sweet and ultimately disappointing Hershey syrup chocolate smell. This is less apparent in taste, but the chocolate notes are still reminiscent of cheaply produced syrups and candies. I will further break with other reviewers by noting that I found the bitterness too strong for a sweet stout, in large part because of its great difference from the chocolate syrup tastes.
Overall, I find Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout to be very good, and for the positive aspects, I recommend you read the other reviews, which can explain said aspects far better than I. I am nonetheless disappointed by the chocolate notes, which ring fake and hollow.
EDIT: Upon successive tasting, I have decided that the taste is better than I had thought, though it certainly suffers from the abovementioned issues. I believe my initial thoughts on the taste were influenced by overly high expectations. Therefore, I believe the taste should be changed from 3.75 to 4.00.
06-26-2013 01:35:39 | More by 007rtw
3.76/5 rDev -10.5%
A: Pours a pretty impenetrable dark brown. Two fingers espresso crema head. Moderate dissipation. Excellent lacing.
S: Absolutely smacks of chocolate. Seriously. Good level of malted milk ball, milk chocolate, with subtle hints of darker chocolate and cacao, along with very subtle hints of raisined fruit. This literally smells like a candy bar dipped in fudge.
T: Tastes pretty similar, as well. Pretty sweet, honestly. Chocolate leans towards the lighter side, with hints of milk and sugar. Some nuttiness, darkened fruit is more prevalent, especially in the finish. Level of dark chocolate that forms in the mid palate and rides the wave of milk sweetness through the finish.
M: Medium bodied. Carbonation keeps things from getting flabby.
O: It's a dessert beer. Good, but not enough roasty dark choclate to get me excited.
06-19-2013 06:53:16 | More by McStagger
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into a pint glass...
Dark chocolate in color, half a finger head which disappeared quickly, left sticky lacing.
Smell is the most phenomenal chocolate smell I've smelt in a chocolate type beer... milk chocolate... not Bakers or semi sweet... just good old milk chocolate whochre is perfect for a milk stout..
Taste followed the nose but where it failed was it was a little tarty/sour. Good balance and carbonation with a good mouthfeel but I don't know if it's the hops or the yeast but the sour threw it off for me... as I kept drinking I guess I got used to the sourness cause it wasn't all that bad.
Overall this is a beer I would recommend you atleast try. It would be better to pair it with a meal or use it in a recipe.
06-18-2013 01:41:33 | More by pjkelley82
3.91/5 rDev -6.9%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Very deep brown with some lighter chestnut hues. Two fingers of creamy beige head settle after only a short time, but it can be reinvigorated by swirling the glass. Lacing is sparse and spotty.
S: Milk chocolate and chocolate sauce are strong on the nose. Chocolate cake frosting. Slight roasty and nutty tones underneath, and perhaps a touch of cola.
T: Strong chocolate presence, just as the nose indicated. Milk chocolate, cocoa, hot fudge sauce. Very slight jammy raspberry fruitiness. Cola and a dab of brown molasses. Hints of drying charcoal from the roasted malts. Hollow hop bitterness provides some balance but adds no real flavor. Cola and roasted grain ride into the finish with a strong backing of milk chocolate.
M: Moderately thick in body. Lush, decadent, and very creamy. Light seltzery carbonation is barely noticed, but does provide some lift and bite. Fantastic smoothness.
O: A decadent dessert beer through and through. It stacks up well against anything else on the market right now, and its availability and affordability should make it a serious contender.
06-17-2013 00:48:39 | More by ryan1788a5
3.74/5 rDev -11%
Fills a North Coast pint glass with a very dark brown (SRM 30-35) and dark ruby highlights. A thin, beige, creamy head quickly drops leaving no lacing.
Chocolate fudge syrup dominates, while light lactic aromas linger in the background. Warmth brings out toasted malt and strong milk chocolate.
Chocolate ice cream soda with modest sweetness and a long, dry, astringent finish. Warmth takes the edge off this beer, but does not add new dimension.
The body is medium to light with a soft texture and light, fine carbonation. Some alcohol and residual sugars are easily detected.
This is a nice desert-type beer. Chocolate is one dimensional. While enjoyable, this is a one-note beer.
06-16-2013 19:46:23 | More by SLeffler27
4.58/5 rDev +9%
Date Rated: March 30, 2013...
Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick...
Occasion: Easter Sunday--after 39 dry days of fasting...
Appearance: velvet black with chunky, brown head--the glass's tracings are spotty but true...
Aroma: lactic, milky sugars rejoice the nostrils--a cutting chocolate impacts the aroma--holy cocoa!...
Palate: vibrant, full-bodied and warming--a pleasure of milky mouthfeel; not heavy...
Taste: as the nose suggests, this stout delivers am ample dose of chocolate--robust in its profile while not posing as cake or pie...
Overall: A feast worthy of the wait, from start to finish; the oversized bottle made for a fast finisher in itself...
06-14-2013 01:47:16 | More by dacrza1
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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